sabato 10 dicembre 2016

Try a Little Tenderness

It’s Saturday! I don’t want to remind you your things to do on your day off, but we all know that in the end the only award worth having is the one given by the Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”.

ABSTRACT FLOWERS CHRISTMAS EXHIBIT

ONE HUNDRED FLOWERS
by

EXHIBIT OF ONE HUNDRED ARTIFACTS WITH ORIGINAL DESIGNS

“Stella di Lago” ™ © Mado Flynn

Saturday and Sunday, December 10–11, 2016
16,00 – 19,00
c/o
Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”
Viale Edmondo de Amicis, 99/A
50137 Florence, Italy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Made_in_Italy

Handmade in Italy by Mado Flynn

See further details at http://madoflynn.blogspot.com

venerdì 9 dicembre 2016

Mens sana in corpore sano

Diving Queen 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) was today awarded the Health Model Award by 時尚健康 (Trends Health). Her betrothed husband 張效誠 (Zhāng Xiàochéng) accompanied her all the time. Photo: weibo.com/wuminxia.

Furthermore, apart from 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) and 張效誠 (Zhāng Xiàochéng), the 時尚健康 (Trends Health) award ceremony (and party) involved many entertainment and music celebrities such as 马可 (Mǎ Kě), 郁可唯 (Yù Kěwéi), 陈意涵 (Chén Yìhán), and 王菲菲 (Wáng Fēifēi). Photos: weibo.com/raosiyuan103.

The Potty Train

Newton Aycliffe, England: A detail of the livery on the side of the first British-built Intercity Express train as it is unveiled at the Hitachi Rail Europe site. Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

The Importance of Not Being Arcovazzi

I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.

Muhammad Ali’s comment after the match with Jimmy Ellis was stopped by the referee in the twelfth round (July 1971)

In this photo taken on October 27, 1974 U.S. boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali gestures during a press conference three days before the heavyweight world championship in Kinshasa. On October 30, 1974 Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in a clash of titans known as the “Rumble in the Jungle”, watched by 60,000 people in the stadium in Kinshasa and millions elsewhere. Photo: AFP.

Throne sharing

Bangkok, Thailand: A woman poses with a waxwork of Queen Elizabeth II at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. Photo: Diego Azubel/EPA.

Better Than Arcovazzi

Paris, France: A rat shelters in the Saint Jacques Tower park. Officials are trying to reduce the capital’s growing rodent population. Photo: Francois Mori/AP.

Flowers for the Moon

ABSTRACT FLOWERS CHRISTMAS EXHIBIT

ONE HUNDRED FLOWERS
by

EXHIBIT OF ONE HUNDRED ARTIFACTS WITH ORIGINAL DESIGNS

“Stella di Lago” ™ © Mado Flynn

Saturday and Sunday, December 10–11, 2016
16,00 – 19,00
c/o
Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”
Viale Edmondo de Amicis, 99/A
50137 Florence, Italy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Made_in_Italy

Handmade in Italy by Mado Flynn

See further details at http://madoflynn.blogspot.com

Farewell for now

Greek Prime Minister Alexīs Tsipras announced one-off measures to ease the burden on pensioners and island residents. Tsipras said the government will distribute a total of 617 million €uros this Christmas to some 1.6 million low-income pensioners. In a nationally televised address, Tsipras said the cash will come from a larger-than-expected surplus in Greece’s primary budget, which excludes the cost of servicing the country’s crippling debt.


Before flyng to Cuba to attend Fidel Castro’s funeral, Alexīs Tsipras issued a tweet to pay tribute to his comrade: “Goodbye Comandante. Until the peoples’ eternal victory”.

The Utopia Experiment

 https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/dec/08/daniel-barenboim-opens-berlin-music-academy-for-middle-east-students
Composer says school, which will take in 90 new talents from the region each year, is “attempt at creating peace through music”

Daniel Barenboim has called it an “experiment in utopia”, a project that marks the culmination of the leading musician and conductor’s life’s work in bringing together musicians from the Middle East.
The Barenboim-Said Akademie, which opened on Thursday evening in Berlin, will offer 90 talented students from the Middle East the chance to study classical music under the maestro himself as well as a raft of other top musicians and composers. [Read more].
The Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin, Germany which will bring together music students from the Middle East. Photo: Barenboim-Said Akademie Berlin.

giovedì 8 dicembre 2016

Ashes in the Sky

Tomorrow is Friday and somehow each of you will have to arrive alive and well till the evening, when finally the music will get sweeter and it’s gonna be time to dance on the Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”’s carpet! Don’t miss the date!

The Cuban National Ballet expressed its gratitude towards Fidel Castro and his support for art. Alicia Alonso, a former prima ballerina assoluta of the Cuban Ballet and widely considered to be one of the greatest dancers of all time, signed the statement at the Casa del Alba Cultural in Havana, remembering Fidel’s unconditional support for the institution. “I will always remember his kind voice, asking about my artistic work and details about the activities of the Cuban National Ballet, its achievements and needs”, the 95-year-old ballerina said in a statement. “The historic legacy that he leaves is overwhelming and it’s also represented in Cuban culture. That’s why, now and forever, we say: thank you Fidel!”. Photo: Reuters.

Almost There

Yesterday, Diving Queen 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) was live on LIVE (直播), the app-platform developed by Live Bus-Online Technology Co., Ltd., campaigning for herself in the final days before the 2016’s “China’s Top Ten Laureus World Sports Awards”. It’s worth remembering that the polls are underway and they’ll be running until December 12 at midnight. Each microblogging account can vote. Photo: mp.weixin.qq.com.

Till Victory

Fashion Montage, 1950
As well as further editorial work – including shooting the first black woman in Vogue – Erwin Blumenfeld took on lucrative commercial work for the likes of Elizabeth Arden and L’Oréal. Photo: Erwin Blumenfeld.

White Album

Diving Queen 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) in a series of black-and-white pictures prior to the Rio Olympics. All photos: sports.le.com.

Bull Shark(ozy)

A bull shark swims at the Océarium in Le Croisic, France. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images.

mercoledì 7 dicembre 2016

Under the Bridge

Anton Sergeyevich Korobov – Andrei Aleksandrovich Volokitin
85th Ukrainian Chess Championship; Rivne, December 7, 2016
English Opening A34

1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. d4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 g6 7. e3 Bg7 8. Bb5+ Nd7 9. a4 0-0 10. 0-0 b6 11. a5 Bb7 12. a6!? Apparently a new idea. For 12. axb6 axb6 13. Rxa8 Bxa8 14. Ba3 Qc7 15. Qe2 Bc6 see Polugaevsky – Ivanchuk, 2nd Amber Rapid Chess Tournament, Monte Carlo 1993. 12. ... Be4 13. Ng5 Nf6 14. Nxe4 Nxe4 15. Bb2 Rc8 16. Bd3 Nd6 17. Qe2 c4 18. Bc2 f5 19. Ba3 Qd7 20. f3 e5?? A serious mistake, which opens up the game to White’s great benefit and profit. Black ought to play 20. ... Rfd8! (Stockfish) with quite a tenable position. 21. dxe5 Bxe5 22. Rad1. That was the simple point. Black is in deep trouble. 22. ... Rf6 23. Rd5 Qe6 (23. ... Bxc3?? 24. Rfd1+-) 24. Rfd1 Rc6 25. Qd2 Nf7


26. Rd8+! 26. Ba4 was also very good, but a tactical player such as Korobov doesn’t miss the chance to aim for checkmate. 26. ... Nxd8? Also after 26. ... Kg7 27. Bf8+ Kh8 28. Be7+ Nxd8 29. Qxd8+ Qg8 30. Bxf6+ Bxf6 31. Qd7! Black is doomed. 27. Qxd8+ Kg7 28. Rd7+ Kh6 29. Bf8+ Kg5 30. h4+! 1 : 0. Because of 30. ... Kxh4 31. Rxh7+ Kg5 (31. ... Kg3 32. Rh3 mate) 32. Bh6+ Kh4 33. Bf4 mate.

The Importance of Not Being Arcovazzi

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba: Schoolboys wait by the side of the road to catch a glimpse of the remains of former Cuban president Fidel Castro as they pass by on their four-day journey across the country. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Elementary, my dear Watson!

The former Mayor of Milan Giuliano Pisapia declared himself “read to unite the Left out of the Democratic Party. Renzi should dialogue with us, and get rid of Alfano and Verdini”.

Giuliano Pisapia
Photo: Giovanni Dall’Orto

Tea for Two

Breaking poll: 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) & 施廷懋 (Shī Tíngmào) on top of 2016’s “China’s Top Ten Laureus World Sports Awards” as “World Team of the Year”.

Wings of Sunset

Hula Valley, Israel: A gray crane flying over the Agamon Hula Lake. Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images.

Palantír

Moscow, Russia: An alert-looking Maine Coon at the 2016 Grand Prix Royal Canin international cat show at the Crocus Expo Exhibition Centre. The breed’s origin is unknown, but one legend claims it is descended from cats brought to the U.S. by an English seafarer called Captain Coon. Photo: Dmitry Serebryakov/TASS.

Excuse Me, That’s Our Story

ABSTRACT FLOWERS CHRISTMAS EXHIBIT

ONE HUNDRED FLOWERS
by

EXHIBIT OF ONE HUNDRED ARTIFACTS WITH ORIGINAL DESIGNS

“Stella di Lago” ™ © Mado Flynn

Saturday and Sunday, December 10–11, 2016
16,00 – 19,00
c/o
Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”
Viale Edmondo de Amicis, 99/A
50137 Florence, Italy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Made_in_Italy

Handmade in Italy by Mado Flynn

See further details at http://madoflynn.blogspot.com

愛麗絲鏡中奇遇 (Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There)

吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá)’s betrothed 張效誠 (Zhāng Xiàochéng) launches a passionate appeal to vote for the Diving Queen in the 2016’s “China’s Top Ten Laureus World Sports Awards” online polling. The polls are underway and they’ll be running until December 12 at midnight. Each microblogging account can vote. The voting results will be then processed and discussed, when a grand jury’s vote will finally designate the top ten winners. The Prize Award Ceremony will be broadcasted live on 北京 (Běijīng) TV Station (BTV) at 20,00. Photo: ent.sina.com.cn.

http://m.weibo.cn/app/147971639112670352#10page

 http://vote.weibo.com/poll/137572535
Breaking poll: 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) as “Sportswoman of the Year”. Hopefully coming soon!

The Importance of Not Being Arcovazzi

Don’t spoil your Christmas on Arcovazzi’s rants and grunts. It’s only noise. He brings bad luck to all. It is much better that you enjoy the music and dance of Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”!

Photoplay

Diving Queen 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) “recycling” herself into a contemporary metal sculpture. Photo: weibo.com/wuminxia.

Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes

 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/06/fidel-castro-worked-on-gabriel-garcia-marquez-manuscripts
Editorial meeting: Fidel Castro talking to Gabriel García Márquez in Havana in 2007. Photo: AFP/Getty Images.